Since our first days as an independent organization, RAND has had researchers exploring ways to improve spacecraft. Today, this work continues as analysts examine issues related to communications satellites and private space industry.
Contrary to popular belief, workers in California's aerospace industry weathered the defense budget reductions of the late 1980s and early 1990s in no worse shape than their nonaerospace durable manufacturing counterparts in the state.
The proliferation of Third World ballistic missiles is a major concern for the U.S. government. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of U.S. control policies as they pertain to ballistic missiles, focusing on those with ranges of 300-1000 km.
Much of California's small aerospace supplier base has survived the slide in Pentagon business, turning to commercial customers and other lines of production, increasing their productivity and, if necessary, reducing their work forces.
Presents the analytical procedures and mathematical formulations required to construct a computer model of a military communication satellite system, load it efficiently with the radio signals required to support an operational scenario ...
This report presents the results of a theoretical analysis of a frequency-hopping, multiple-frequency-shift-keyed, spread-spectrum communication system using a nonprocessing communication satellite transponder.
Since the Global Positioning System (GPS) was originally deployed to aid U.S. armed forces in navigation and position location, it has evolved into a resource supporting civil, scientific, and commercial functions—from air traffic control to the Internet—with precision location and timing information.
The evolution of GPS into an information system with a substantial international user community has raised complex policy questions for U.S. decisionmakers on a variety of issues affecting national defense, commerce, and foreign policy.
The United States and other countries have been pursuing the development of hypersonic technologies and experimental vehicles to demonstrate technical feasibility of aircraft-like operations for future space launch vehicles. Ultimately, the usefulnes...